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Wednesday, 13 May 1970


Dr FORBES (Barker) (Minister for Health) - I was under the impression that I had moved all of the amendments to clause 19 standing in my name. If I did not, I now move the remainder:

In proposed section 29b. omit sub-section (1.), insert the following sub-sections: - "'(1.) There shall he a Specialist Recognition Appeal Committee, which shall consist of five medical practitioners appointed by the Minister in accordance with the next succeeding section. "'(1a.) The exercise or performance of the powers or functions of the Committee is not affected by reason only of there being a vacancy or vacancies in the membership of the Committee.",

After section 29b insert the following section: - " ' 29ba. - (1.) Before making appointments to a Committee, the Minister shall request each of the following bodies to nominate a panel of not less than three medical practitioners for consideration for appointment to the Committee: -

(a)   the Australian Medical Association;

(b)   the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons;

(c)   the Royal Australasian College of Physicians;

(d)   the Australian Council of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; and

(e)   the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. " ' (2.) When, in accordance with a request under the last preceding sub-section, each of the bodies referred to in that sub-section has nominated a panel of medical practitioners for consideration for appointment to a Committee, the Minister shall appoint to the Committee one medical practitioner from each of the panels. " ' (3.) Where a member of a Committee dies or resigns or the appointment of a member of a Committee is terminated, the Minister shall request the body by whom the member was nominated to nominate a panel of not less than three medical practitioners for consideration for appointment to fill the place of the member, and the Minister shall appoint one of those medical practitioners to fill that place. " ' (4.) In this section, " Committee " means a Specialist Recognition Advisory Committee or the Specialist Recognition Appeal Committee.".

In proposed section 29c, omit sub-section (2.), insert the following sub-section: - " ' (2.) Before considering a question referred to it under the last preceding sub-section, a Committee may, with the Minister's approval, engage as a consultant a medical practitioner who has qualifications, experience and standing in the medical profession in the specialty to which the question before the Committee relates.".

In proposed section 29d, omit sub-section (2.), insert the following sub-section: - " ' (2.) Before considering an appeal, the Specialist Recognition Appeal Committee may, with the Minister's approval, engage as a consultant a medical practitioner who has qualifications, experience and standing in the medical profession in the specialty to whichthe appeal relates.".

Add at the end thereof the following section: - " ' 29E. A medical practitioner engaged as a consultant under either of the last two preceding sections shall be paid such professional fee in respect of his services as the Minister determines.'.".


Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Am I now precluded from moving the amendment circulated in my name after clause 19?


The CHAIRMAN - No.







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